Jan. 31, 2014
Buena Vista University has announced that Michael K. Pierce of Houston, Texas, has been elected to the Board of Trustees.
Pierce is a partner at Thompson & Knight, LLP and has worked at the firm his entire legal career. He has served on the firm’s management committee and is currently head of their corporate and securities practice group. Since 2003, he has been listed in Best Lawyers of America in the areas of corporate and natural resources law and listed in Texas Super Lawyers in the areas of securities and corporate finance and in mergers and acquisitions.
“Michael Pierce is a first-class professional who has received the highest accolades in the practice of law. He brings a keen intellect to his new responsibilities. In addition, Mike’s election to the Board of Trustees represents yet another important step in strengthening the already legendary partnership between the Pierce family and BVU,” says BVU President Fred Moore.
Pierce, a native of Storm Lake, attended Storm Lake High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Drake in 1976 and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from SMU Dedman School of Law in 1979. He graduated Order of the Coif and was the managing editor of the Southwestern Law Journal.
“My family has had a long affiliation with BVU. As a native of Storm Lake, I understand the importance of BVU to the educational, economic and cultural well-being of the community. In being elected to the Board, I am honored to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather, uncle and brother and am grateful for this opportunity to serve the University,” says Pierce.
His wife, Margaret, earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Texas in 1976 and went on to earn her master’s degree in business administration and finance in 1979 from the University of Houston.
Pierce and his wife have two children: Kathryn, a junior at Lewis & Clark College; and Tim, a freshman at Vanderbilt University.
Among his civic activities, Pierce has served on the Board of Directors for Small Steps Nurturing Center since 2009. Small Steps is a non-profit Christian organization that provides early childhood education to economically at-risk children residing in Houston’s inner city.